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City News In 250 Words: Wednesday 2 November

Police failures, football hooliganism and Sir Bobby’s new charity

Written by . Published on November 2nd 2011.

City News In 250 Words: Wednesday 2 November

GMP failed in the Phillip Dorsett death case, an Independent Police Complaints Commission has found. The IPCC investigated two calls about Mr Dorsett - who was found dead in a car park in Bolton. The report concluded that, due to frequent calls being made about his welfare, police had ‘made assumptions’ that Mr Dorsett did not need help. The police have since re-enforced their policies on call handling.

POLICE are investigating whether an 87-year-old woman, who died in a hospital in Wigan, was poisoned by her boyfriend. Roy Green, 48, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Florence McCouig but has been bailed pending enquiries. It is thought the pensioner had told hospital staff she had been poisoned, but initial post-mortem examinations found she died of natural causes. A toxicology test is now being carried out to determine the cause of death.

AN amateur footballer has denied an assault charge after he elbowed an opponent in the face during a match. William Patten, 28, knocked out Thomas Fitton’s teeth during the match between Radcliffe Boys and Rochdale St Clements back in February. Patten was given a red card for the ‘deliberate foul’ but denies the charge of actual bodily harm, claiming it was an accident.

SIR Bobby Charlton has launched a new charity dedicated to researching new ways of detecting and clearing landmines. Find A Better Way will see the Manchester and Lancaster universities work with security firm Rapiscan Systems and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) developing new technologies.

FACT OF THE DAY: This week in 1887, LS Lowry was born in Stretford. His paintings included scenes of industrial Manchester and Salford.

For more life-enriching Manchester facts follow @RevealMcr

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